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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment -- The Business Implications
Alex Steffen, 14 Jul 05

We're big fans of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment project. They haven't let us down with their latest major report Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Industry (PDF). As the MEA team says, the sorts of changes we'll need to make to heal the planet offer incredible opportunities to business leaders with insight enough to act now:

“All businesses will be more competitive if they create their strategies with the current and projected condition of ecosystems and ecosystem services in mind, and the MA provides an excellent source of information on the trends and linkages important to business,” said Steve Percy, retired CEO of BP America and co-chair of the Synthesis Team.

The authors of the synthesis report are very interested in stimulating dialogue regarding the implications of the findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment for business and industry. Towards that end, a number of people familiar with specific sectors of industry were asked to draft short perspectives addressing the implications of the information provided in the synthesis report for their sector. Sectors addressed at this time include agriculture, mining, oil and gas, energy and utilities, forestry and tourism.

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